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NSA’s bulk collection of telephone data is ruled illegal

The National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone data isn’t legal, a federal appeals court said just weeks before the law the government used to justify the program is set to expire. A three-judge panel in New York held Thursday that the program goes beyond the authority granted by the Patriot Act, a law passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that expanded government surveillance and data collection. A lower- court judge had said the program is legal. The appeals court didn’t rule on arguments raised by the American Civil Liberties Union that that the program violates constitutional free-speech guarantees and protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. The judges also declined to issue a court order blocking the program as Congress weighs changes to surveillance laws.

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NSA to review decision to let top official work for cyber firm

(AP) The National Security Agency says it is reviewing its decision to allow a top official to work part time for a cybersecurity firm that is pitching its services to the financial sector. NSA’s chief technical officer, Patrick Dowd, was ...

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Federal court hears debate in NSA phone records case

(AP) A federal appeals court has expressed concern about the government’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records. The judges are questioning whether it could be extended to bank and credit card records as well. Questions about the scope ...

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